As I read that definition of citations, I realized that much of what a citation intends to do your brain already does if you provide a steady flow of well formed ideas. When you read any sort of book, you’re exposing yourself to a world of ideas that are decidedly not yours. You’ll love some, you’ll forget many, but, most importantly, your brain will diligently and automatically parse these thoughts, characters, ideas, scenarios, facts, fictions, and wit safely away in your mind so that you, as a reader, can form a judgment of the world in the book. But also, most importantly, the world around you.
One of these days I’ll get around to writing a script to autopost links to everything Michael Lopp writes. He’s one of my favorite writers and his site, Rands in Repose, is number one or two. In this post he’s trying to sell a t-shirt and he still is as eloquent and thought-provoking as ever.